Sunday, August 28, 2005

Just one more thing before I go.....

~K~ is still asleep. I don't want to wake her. Not now. Not yet. Let her sleep the peaceful sleep of the innocent while she can. Unafraid of what's to come.

But me? I'm scared. Scared to death. I can't stop crying. I have the shakes. My stomach is churning. Churning like the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Katrina is on her way and we're riding out the storm.

My parents have been married for 60 years this year. They've lived in this house for almost 50. My dad is in poor health. He refuses to go. He won't leave his home. He will not evacuate and if we forced him - it would kill him before we left the city. My mom, understandably, won't leave him. Not that we'd even consider that. And I cannot leave my parents to fend for themselves. Will not leave them.

We're buckling in. Getting ready as best we can. Praying we survive not only the storm but the aftermath. The potential days of flood waters that won't drain, can't drain, from this soup bowl of a city. The weeks of being without power, in the heat, with the mosquitos and flies. And worse....

...the devasting ruin of my beloved city. The loss of life and property. The smell of decay and death. I don't remember the last flood during Hurricane Betsy. I was still a baby. My father tells stories of working body recovery and the horrors he witnessed. And how as he waded through waist deep waters to make his way home. He was still a block away when he heard me crying as my mother tried to console me. He tells me how he got down on his knees, right there in the street and prayed. He thanked God that his family was alive. And we were all safe.

Hopefully this will be the same story this time around.

We are prepared. As much as we can be. We have a plan. I hope and pray we never have to put it into action.

But we just have to have faith. In ourselves, in each other and in God to help get us through this potentially horrible disaster.

Please pray for us.

16 Comments:

  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    We are praying for you and your family and the city of New Orleans.

     
  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger WendyD said…

    Thoughts and prayers for your family and the city from Iowa.

     
  • At 9:23 PM, Blogger SandyB said…

    I have not prayed in many, many years....but tonight I am saying quite a big prayer for you, your family and your neighbors in NOLA

     
  • At 9:58 PM, Blogger David said…

    This is my first time visiting/commenting to your blog but my heart goes out to you. I visited NO two summers ago and fell in love with it. Hang in there, stay strong and stay safe.

    Dave

     
  • At 6:25 AM, Blogger Sheri & SuZan said…

    Kathleen: I was looking over our guest map and realized where you were. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please post when you can to let us know your ok.

     
  • At 6:25 AM, Blogger Sheri & SuZan said…

    Kathleen: I was looking over our guest map and realized where you were. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please post when you can to let us know your ok.

     
  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger Spork said…

    We last heard from My nanny Kathleen, yesterday morning at around 8:30 in the morning. They were scared, but in one piece. Anybody who has more recent infomation please email me @

    kahra@kahra.com

    or post here as I will be checking regularly.

     
  • At 3:35 AM, Blogger McSwain said…

    Just stumbled across your blog, and praying, praying, praying that you're safe. Will check back.

     
  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    I hope that you and your family have come through this tragedy safely. I'll be praying for you and yours, and hope to hear from you soon.

    Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do to help you--anything.

     
  • At 6:23 AM, Blogger gris said…

    Take care of yourself. People around the world are thinking of you all. Be safe - love, Jen

     
  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger Spork said…

    FYI -- QueenKat is okay. She is stranded in her house with her family, still in New Orleans, but they are safe, still have plenty of food and water.

    Hopefully in the next couple days we will be reunited with them.

     
  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger Big Dipper said…

    Thank Jovi she is safe. I came across this blog after the disaster and felt chilled reading this entry.
    Good luck Kat

     
  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger Spork said…

    Further Update:

    Our family, QueenKat and little ~K~ included, are all safe and reunited. She is currently in Houston.

     
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Al said…

    holding good and safe thoughts

     
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